Baby, it's cold outside, but it's much warmer now than when I talked to "The Exes" star David Alan Basche, best known for playing uptight, neurotic Stuart Gardner for the last three seasons of the hit TV Land series. It was a frigid 3 degrees (according to Basche's Weather Channel app) when he called from New York, where he lives with his wife and daughter. We talked about his favorite apps, how he's similar to his TV character, how his Shakespearean training helps on the TV Land set, and the important lesson he learned … Read more
Apple has to refund at least $32.5 million to customers in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over in-app purchases.
Announced Wednesday by the FTC, the agreement settles a complaint from the agency that Apple charged consumers millions of dollars over in-app purchases made by kids without parental consent. Under the agreement, Apple also must now change its billing methods to make sure it receives "express, informed consent" from users before it charges them for such purchases.
"This settlement is a victory for consumers harmed by Apple's unfair billing, and a signal to the … Read more
The iPhone 5S scooped up a healthy share of US iPhone sales last quarter by swaying buyers away from the 5C and 4S, according to a new report.
Based on a survey of Apple customers, research firm CIRP said on Tuesday that the 5S took home 59 percent of iPhone sales during the final quarter of 2013. In contrast, the 5C grabbed just 27 percent of sales, while the 4S ended up with 14 percent. The iPhone 5S was released in September.
Eyeing the same period in 2012, CIRP found that the newly launched iPhone 5 accounted for 50 percent … Read more
Trying to tap a precise spot on your iPhone while you're walking, jogging, or riding in a car can be a challenge. Apple may have a solution in the works via a new patent.
Awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, a patent dubbed "Variable device graphical user interface" envisions an interface that changes and adapts in response to your movement. The goal is to enlarge or adjust certain on-screen elements so they're easier to tap while you're on the go.
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other sensors would detect your motion … Read more
Apple reportedly is prepping to relaunch the budget-conscious 8GB iPhone 4 in India in an attempt to revive lagging smartphone sales.
To reach more buyers, Apple will cut the cost of the iPhone 4 to 15,000 Indian rupees ($243) from the original price of 26,500 rupees ($431), The Economic Times said on Tuesday, citing information from Apple's top four trade partners in India.
After launching in the country three years ago, the iPhone 4 was retired when the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S debuted. However, the 5S starts at the high price of 53,500 rupees ($… Read more
Apple's TouchID fingerprint sensor will be in the next iPhone, according to a new report.
Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), the production house that manufactures the fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S, will start in the second quarter producing TouchIDs for the company's next iPhone, Patently Apple reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with its plans.
This time around, TSMC has a different plan for producing the TouchID. In the iPhone 5S, the company relies on backend production of components to other firms. With the next iPhone, however, TSMC will handle the backend technology -- wafer level-chip scale packaging, according … Read more
Ever find your iPad's virtual keyboard stuck in the middle of the screen instead of at the bottom? If so, there's an easy way to coax it back to the bottom.
The iPad offers two positions for the onscreen keyboard -- docked and undocked. Docked mode places it at the bottom of the screen, while undocked mode shifts it up to the middle. Should you find the keyboard floating in undocked mode and you would prefer it docked, hold down the keyboard button, the same one you normally tap to turn off the keyboard.
A popup menu will … Read more
The iPhone and iPad are chart-toppers among criminals as well as consumers.
The New York Police Department recorded more than 8,000 thefts of Apple's mobile products last year, The Wall Street Journal said late Sunday. That number is more than 18 percent of all the grand larcenies reported to the department in 2013. In comparison, there were only 25 grand larcenies involving Apple products recorded in 2002, a year after the first iPod debuted.
Thefts of Apple products now are so widespread that the NYPD tracks the brand. Many of these Apple product thefts occur on public transportation … Read more
When I told friends that I was interviewing in-demand drummer Matt Sorum, I kept getting the same response: "Find out what he's actually like." The stick master is best known for keeping the beat for the Cult, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver, but he shows his softer side on his second solo album, "Stratosphere," out February 25 under the moniker Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy. The follow-up to 2004's "Hollywood Zen" is a highly personal, orchestrated acoustic album. Sorum writes about the important things in life, like family and environmental and … Read more
What were the top three most used phones in 2013? The iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 4, according to an Actix study that tracked communications between mobile devices and carriers' mobile networks.
But Samsung is the clear rival: its Galaxy S3, S2, and S4 claimed the fourth, fifth, and sixth places, respectively, according to figures that Actix, which sells software to track such usage, shared with CNET. Samsung also had a significant presence in the rankings with a handful of lower-end models such as the Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy Ace.
The ranking is based on the … Read more